Carpenter Library Community Engagement & Giving

Dr. Carolyn Williams Student Assistant Award

Purpose

Student assistants play a critical role in library staffing, serving library users and supporting internal processes across the Library. Through part-time employment, students build lifelong skills and help cover the costs of their UNF education. This award is intended to reward top performing student assistants who demonstrate excellent service and commitment to the Library and its mission. The award is provided through the Dr. Carolyn Williams Library Student Assistant Fund, established with support from the Dean’s Leadership Council to honor Dr. Williams’ memory and contributions to the Library.

About Dr. Williams

Dr. Carolyn Williams was an associate professor in the history department at UNF. She grew up in Durkeeville in the Jacksonville area and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in history from UNF. While a UNF student, she worked as a student assistant in the library and valued that experience as part of her academic career. She later received a master’s in U.S. history from the University of California at San Diego and a doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she examined women in the anti-slavery movement.

Dr. Williams spent many hours immersed in the “too-often forgotten history of Jacksonville.” In a 2008 interview, she said history can help revitalize a community by instilling pride and encouraging people to invest in its future.

She passed away in November 2011 at the age of 63.

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Currently enrolled UNF students in good academic standing who have worked in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library for at least two academic semesters (fall and spring) and who hold a current student job assignment in the Library are eligible to apply. Selection: Applications will be reviewed by an award committee, appointed by the Dean of the Library, with the following members: a representative of the Dean’s Leadership Council, a library faculty member, a library staff member, and the Library’s Director of Development (ex officio). The committee will make its recommendation of award winner(s) to the Dean, providing copies of supporting documentation. Assuming eligible applicants, at least one student award of $250 is made in the fall semester and another in the spring semester.

In considering applications, the committee will select award recipient(s) considering evidence of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Provides quality service to library users and/or staff.
  2. Presents a favorable image of the Library.
  3. Demonstrates excellent work habits and teamwork.
  4. Offers creative and innovative suggestions for improving library service.

Eligible students may be nominated by any library faculty or staff member using the nomination form. Student nominees will be invited to submit the following:

  1. Award application form.
  2. One-page resume.

Award Winners

Spring 2017:  Ashley Stevens

Ashley on how her accomplishments as an employee support the Library's mission to support the educational goals of the University:

"...Being a student here, I know what its like to be in a frantic state for books in order to write a research paper or have an assignment due and can't figure out how to print.  I feel compelled to help our patrons in need no matter what the question is...Educational success is my number one goal and that really helps me when I am answering a patrons questions...It warms my heart to know that I have been able to help so many people succeed in their classes and in their life."

Spring 2017:  Erin Bisesti

Erin on how her service in the Carpenter Library affected her University experience:

"Working at the Library has given me new perspective of the student body, and of myself.  Every day that I sit at the front desk I am reminded of the diversity that is UNF.  As a student, I often just saw myself as part of the cloud or another person filling up a desk, and I forgot we are all individuals with special interests and personalities.  When I first started attending UNF I was very shy and very nervous, never sure where I fit in.  I was very anxious about working the front desk, more content to stay behind the scenes and shelve.  After over a year of service here, my vantage point has changed entirely. ...I'm more outgoing, more enthusiastic, and more confident and I can tell that the patrons I interact with respond well to me. They give me so much life.."

 

Fall 2016:  Daniel Boyko

How has your service in the library affected your university experience?  "Since I began working at the Library it has become a home away from home. The faculty and staff are extremely helpful and always remind me to put school first. The flexibility to choose my own schedule has been one of the greatest assets to my collegiate career which really gives me the peace of mind to know that at the end of the day I can pay the bills while attending school, which really helps me focus on my coursework. The student staff have all become an incredible support group during tough times both in and out of work. We have all built great friendships that transpire through work and into home life during breaks from school and work. The study-focused community of the Library has allowed me to see many styles of studying and adopt study habits to implement in different environments like group or individual study sessions. Through learning how to assist patrons in finding information I have gained an invaluable ability to research information for my own classes and research. My service at the Library has given me important life skills I can implement in every aspect of my life, through research and study habits to financial stability and emotional support, with friendships I see lasting a very long time. My attitude towards my university experience has become one of attendance at a university to a belonging in a community." - Daniel Boyko

Fall 2016:  Maria Gonzalez

What does library service mean to you?  "In Venezuela, in my High School, we didn't have a library. We studied and investigated at home with not many resources. At UNF since my Freshman year I have used the library extensively and I call it the house of knowledge when I refer to it. Furthermore, working here and helping fellow students gives me great satisfaction beyond the fact that it is not only a place with an immense number of books and information resources, but "THE PLACE" were the student body not only find the information needed for a research, investigation, pleasure reading, but the place where one develops methodology while studying in an environment the invites one to concentrate, meditate and get the knowledge sunk in the brain." - Maria Gonzalez